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Gary Borisy Message from the Director

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am honored to have been chosen to serve the MBL as Director and CEO and delighted to share with you some news from the laboratory in this issue of LabNotes. The past few months have been a wonderful whirlwind for me and my wife, Sally Casper. Since arriving in July, we’ve had the pleasure of meeting many members of the MBL family at a number of events in the Woods Hole area... More>>>

Microbe MBL Science

Molly Murray MBL in the News
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momy Education
  • Molecular Mycology Course Celebrates 10th Anniversary
    Alumni gathered in Woods Hole on August 24 at a symposium to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the MBL’s Molecular Mycology course. The symposium was sponsored by The Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF), the course developer and long-time supporter… More>>

  • Virtual Reunion
    A virtual class reunion site has been created for 1976 Experimental Invertebrate Zoology course. The site contains pages of photos and remembrances from course alumni and faculty. Check out the class photo to find some familiar faces.

Jennifer Wernegreen MBL Scientist Receives Cornell Fellowship

Jennifer J. Wernegreen, an evolutionary biologist in the MBL’s Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution, has received a fellowship that will help support her studies of mutually dependent relationships that some bacteria develop with their animal hosts… More>>>

Sea Urchin Fall Conferences Underway at the MBL

  • Parasite Experts Gather in Woods Hole To Share Discoveries that Could Help Cure Parasitic Diseases… More>>>

  • Sea Urchin Scientists Convene in Woods Hole… More>>>

2006 Whitman Reception MBL Summer Events
  • Donors of $1000 or more to the MBL Annual Fund were thanked at the annual Whitman Society reception, held at the J. Erik Jonsson Center on July 6th. View a slide show (in quicktime format) from the event.

  • Alumni were honored at a festive picnic held on the Associates Quadrangle on July 14th prior to the annual Distinguished Alumni Friday Evening Lecture. View a slide show (in quicktime format). Clare Waterman-Storer, Physiology Course alumna and Physiology course faculty member, delivered a lecture titled "Microscopes and Motility: Systems Integration in Directed Cell Migration."

Lillie Science Council News
  • The MBL Corporation elected five new members to the MBL Science Council... More>>>

MBL Associates Associates News
  • The MBL Associates kicked-off the summer season with their Annual Meeting & Brunch, followed the same day by the International Students Picnic. Throughout the summer, members of the Associates board hosted receptions at their homes for new MBL Director, Gary Borisy, and his wife Sally. These well-attended events offered many community members their first opportunity to meet Gary and Sally and share in Borisy's enthusiasm for his new job and his plans for the MBL's future.

  • 2006-2007 Falmouth Forum series, presented by the MBL Associates, is sponsored this year by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

  • The MBL Associates Gift Shop had a very busy summer. Sandwiched between lots of sales were lots of questions. And not just the usual ones; “Where’s the closest public restroom?” and “May I have change for a dollar?” There were many questions about the “new” and “old” logos to keep us busy too. (And yes, we’re happy to report that the Gift Shop offers both versions, and both have sold well.) Please be sure to stop by if you’re in Woods Hole. We continue to offer new items—right now we’ve gotten in many new children’s books. We’ll be offering our first “silver jewelry sale” during the second week in October, so take this unique opportunity to stock up for the holidays. Visit our virtual gift shop and check out some of the new toys, books, shirts, and hats that have been added recently.

Haeckel Exhibit MBL Exhibits on the Road

The MBL’s “Art Forms in Nature” exhibit, which features a selection of digitized reproductions from biologist Ernst Haeckel's 1904 work, Kunstformen der Natur, is on display now through January 21 at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis… More>>>

Shinya Inoue Announcements & Accolades
  • MBL Corporation member and former Physiology course director Joel Rosenbaum (Yale University) will receive the prestigious 2006 E.B. Wilson Medal, which recognizes “significant and far-reaching contributions to cell biology over a lifetime in science.”

  • Congratulations to MBL Corporation members/Whitman Investigators Robert Goldman (Northwestern University) and Robert Palazzo (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institution) who will serve, respectively, as 2007 President-Elect of the American Society for Cell Biology and the President-Elect of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

  • MBL Distinguished Scientist Shinya Inoué was recently featured in Ripley’s Believe it or NotMore>>>

  • Robin Marantz Henig (Science Journalism Program alumna and member of the program’s Advisory Committee) was awarded the National Association of Science Writers 2006 Science-In-Society Award for her book, Pandora’s Baby: How the First Test-Tube Babies Sparked the Reproductive Revolution (Houghton Mifflin). The winners are chosen by their peers to receive the highest honor in science writing.

  • Linda Deegan and Chris Neill of the MBL's Ecosystems Center recently received Fulbright Fellowships and will spend four months in Brazil in 2007 working with Brazilian colleagues on the effects of rainforest clearing on the biodiversity of streams in the Amazon River ecosystem.

  • MBL Corporation member and Embryology course alumnus (1951) Joseph Gall recently won a Lasker special achievement award. Gall was recognized by the Lasker Foundation for “a distinguished 57-year career - as a founder of modern cell biology and the field of chromosome structure and function; bold experimentalist; inventor of in situ hybridization; and early champion of women in science.”

  • The MBL congratulates Dr. Roger D. Kornberg of Stanford Medical School, who was awarded the 2006 Nobel prize in Chemistry for "studies of the molecular basis of eukaryotic transcription." Dr. Kornberg was a faculty member in the 1982 MBL Physiology Course.


The MBL marks with sadness the passing of Corporation Members Martha Baylor, Walter Troll, Hidemi Sato, Martin Gibbs, and Eugene Copeland, as well as David Garbers, who served as co-director of the Physiology course from 1999 to 2003.

floorplans Facilities Update

The MBL campus is abuzz with construction and renovation projects. Here is an update on recently completed projects, current projects, and those soon to be underway:
  • Whitman Building Renovation - View slideshow (quicktime format)
  • MBL Plant Operations and Maintenance staff were busy during much of August
  • Eel Pond Sea Wall
  • Marshview Farm Feasibility Study
  • Other Projects

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Gifts & Grants

The MBL has received a number of new gifts and peer-reviewed federal grants since LabNotes was last published… More >>>


MBL researchers have published many papers on a wide variety of topics since LabNotes was last published... More >>>

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